The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years

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The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years
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Greatest hits album by Elvis Costello
Released 1 May 2007
Recorded 1977–1986
Genre Rock
Length 1:18:36
Label Hip-O Records (US)
UM3 (International)
Elvis Costello chronology
The River in Reverse
The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years
Rock And Roll Music

The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years is a compilation album by Elvis Costello released in 2007,[1] consisting of songs taken from the early years of his discography, compiled by Costello himself.[2][3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic says that this collection "is quite similar to the last previous single-disc collection, the 1994 Ryko/Demon set The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions", with 19 of the 22 tracks the same. The three omissions are replaced by better choices in this set with "New Lace Sleeves", "Almost Blue", and "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes". "With these three songs rubbing shoulders with...all the other usual suspects, The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years winds up being the best single-disc summary and introduction to Costello's prime years."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

No.TitleOriginally fromLength
1."(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"My Aim Is True2:49
2."Alison"My Aim Is True3:24
3."Watching The Detectives (Single Version)"My Aim Is True3:47
4."(I Don't Wanna Go To) Chelsea"This Year's Model3:11
5."Pump It Up"This Year's Model3:18
6."Radio, Radio"This Year's Model3:07
7."Accidents Will Happen"Armed Forces3:01
8."Oliver's Army"Armed Forces3:00
9."(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (Nick Lowe)"Armed Forces3:33
10."I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Homer Banks/Allen Jones)"Get Happy!!2:08
11."High Fidelity"Get Happy!!2:29
13."New Lace Sleeves"Trust3:48
14."Good Year for the Roses (Jerry Chesnut)"Almost Blue3:09
15."Beyond Belief"Imperial Bedroom2:35
16."Man Out of Time"Imperial Bedroom5:29
17."Almost Blue"Imperial Bedroom2:49
18."Everyday I Write the Book"Punch the Clock3:55
19."Shipbuilding (Elvis Costello/Clive Langer)"Punch the Clock4:53
20."Brilliant Mistake"King of America3:45
21."Indoor Fireworks"King of America4:10
22."I Want You"Blood & Chocolate6:42

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard 200[citation needed] 110